Heidi Sonderbaek Markussen
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Hi…

I'm Heidi, I'm 23 and I'm studying musicology here i Århus.
I've lived in Århus since the summer 2008 and I'm enjoying it very much!

Actually, "Communicating (in) the City" wasn't my first priority but I'm of good cheer anyway.
This also means - unfortunately - that I haven't considered which expectations I might have towards this course,
so I haven't got many comments on that subject.

Well, I think that's it for now.
See you all in class…

Assignment 2:

My personal and subjektive map of Århus

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This map is supposed to reflect places and areas i Århus which I personally can relate to in one way or another.
Maybe because it's places I've been many times, maybe just a friends house or roads I've driven many times in car when I'm at work.

Blue: represents places I'm not able to picture in my head or can't remember that well.
Red: represents places I know very well and surely have been many times.
Orange and yellow: are the places and areas I might have knowledge of and.. well, I think it's quite obvious.
Bonus information: I live in Trøjborg

Assignment 3:

To begin with my intention was to find a hybrid space which should contain some sort of eletronical media or device. That was untill I heard of Mønsted Kalkgruber (Mønsted Limestone Caves) through a friend of mine. Therefore, my hybrid space in assignment number 3 is on Mønsted Limestone Caves - over a thousand years old.

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http://www.monsted-kalkgruber.dk/uk/menu.htm

This place is found nearly 80 km northwest of Århus. The interesting thing about this place is its multifunctionality.
For instance:
- It's used as a "normal" tourist attraction where you can visit the place and walk in the caves. There are more than 60 kilometres og underground paths in various sizes.
- The caves are used by more than 10,000 bats for wintering. And because the bat is a threatened species and cannot be disturbed during mating and flying season, the caves are closed for evening and night visitors nearly two months in the spring and two months in the fall. But because of all the bats in the caves it is sometimes possible to get a guided tour in the caves with focus on the bats.
- The deepest paths (35 metres under ground) leads us to two lakes. The largest lakes is used as a screen together with the walls of the cave for multi-media shows.
- There are over 200 tons of cheese in Monsted Limestone Caves. The air humidity of 98% and a temperature of 8 degrees create perfect conditions for the maturing of the cheese. According to Monsted's website the cheese is from a small dairy in the town of Vellev. But I think they work together with Arla Foods who sells the "Cavecheese".
http://arla.dk/Produkter/Brands/Riberhus-/riberhus-grube-lagret-50/
(I couldn't find this link in English although they also present themselves at www.arla.com… I couldn't figure out why.)
- It is said that the acoustics in the caves are very good and that might be the reason why classical concerts sometimes takes place in the caves. Before the Skov- og Naturstyrelse required Mønsted Limestone Caves in 1997 it was owned by a Danish violinist: Anker Buch. He enjoyed the spectacular acoustics in the caves and in fact he recorded a cd in the caves. Rumour has it, that he sometimes practises in the caves. Although he hasn't owned the place for several years he still lives right next to it - literally!

Assignment 4:

is uploaded to the folder at the conference of CiC in First Class.

Assignment 5:

.Walk

Assignment 6: Mis-guide to Aarhus

I have made a .Walk with colours.
The picture with text can be found in First Class in the folder with mis-guides.

Assignment 6.5:

1. what is your most memorable experience from this course? It could be with regards to readings, artworks or your assignments

In general I enjoyed the subjective mapping part. I have never thought of mapping as anything else but a reflection of "real life". It made me think outside the box of what I thought I knew beforehand. So the experience outside where we wrote in the snow is what I will remember from this course.

2. name the text that you liked the most (or that you learned most from) (or that provoked you the most). Why?
3. name one thing that you have learned from the readings (or, which text did you like the most? Why?)

I liked: A map from "Amsterdam Realtime" by Esther Polak and Waag Society from your own text. I had no idea when I joined this course, that a GPS device could be used with any other purpose than navigating. I would never have thought of that. In the beginning of this course I spent a lot of time wondering in what way all this was relevant for me and had trouble seeing that. But now I'm probably more capable of thinking things differently and understand it in a more creative way.

4. which artwork/artefact/performance presented in class did you like themost (or provoked you the most). Why?

I really enjoyed the flash mobs. They were entertaining and at the same time it was interesting to see random peoples reaction to the experiense. It almost makes me want to participate in a flash mob.

5. what was your reply to the assignments? List them all and think about how to present them – as a whole – to others; as a collection, what have they contributed with to this course?

I am not sure of what my assignments have contributed with. For me it has been a way of making the things I have heard in class more concrete. In that way it has helped myself to understand some ways of thinking better.

6. which assignment do you find most in line with the course content? Why?

Without a doubt the .walk! It was fun to do and for me (who hasn't lives in Aarhus all my life but only for nearly two years) it created opportunities for me to see parts of the city I have never seen before. And it's a great way to spent time outside. Also… the walk didn't seem that long but I'm sure that is because of the unknown destination. So psychologically it is a great way to go for a long walk without "knowing" it because of your focus on the walk itself and not the destination.

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